The International Headache Congress

IHS and EHF joint congress 2021
Headache science to optimise patient care
8–12 September 2021

Conference Details

Welcome letter of the congress chairs

Scientific programme

The scientific programme committee created programme structure for the combined congress in 2021. The main topic of the congress is Headache science to optimise patient care. Please find the preliminary online programme via the button below.

Online programme


Scientific sessions

  • Migraine, the vascular system and CSD
  • “We are united against pain and headache”
  • Lifting the burden
  • Post–traumatic headache
  • The omics and migraine
  • Brain localisation of migraine symptoms
  • Gender & hormones: Do they impact headache care?
  • Debate: Does the brain cycle differently in people with vs. without migraine?

  • Migraine and evolution
  • Mechanisms of migraine symptoms
  • IHS & EHF guideline session
  • A data driven approach to differentiate amongst headache types
  • Coming soon: Innovative ideas to study headache
  • New treatment targets for headache
  • CGRP monoclonal antibodies are disease modifying: a debate

Plenary sessions

  • Presidential symposium
  • Real world & open label experience with new therapies
  • Debate: Is precision medicine possible in migraine?
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • TACs and facial pain
  • Awards
  • Meeting highlights and closing ceremony

Teaching courses

  • Paediatric & adolescent headache
  • Headache research update
  • Ethical issues in headache medicine
  • Advance practice providers/ nurses teaching course
  • Non-pharmacologic headache treatment
  • Pre-clinical science primer for the clinician
  • Publishing & statistical issues in headache
  • Clinical cases on secondary headaches

Oral abstract presentations

  • Oral abstract presentations of industry sponsored clinical trials
  • Oral abstract presentation slots

Courses and forums

  • iHead course
  • Trainee’s tournament/ headache science excellence tournament
  • German general practitioners’ track
  • Juniors forum
  • Patient course

IHS sessions

  • IHS special lecture
  • IHS fellowships lectures
  • Cephalalgia award lecture

EHF sessions

  • Greppi award lecture

ePoster sessions

Industry symposia

Networking programme

Scientific programme committee

Chairs of the scientific programme committee

Christian Lampl (Linz/AT)
Patricia Pozo Rosich (Barcelona/ES)
Todd Schwedt (Phoenix/US)

Members of the scientific programme committee

Patricia Pozo-Rosich (Barcelona/ES)Gisela Terwindt (Leiden/NL)
Todd Schwedt (Phoenix/US)Zaza Katsarava (Essen/DE)
Christian Lampl (Linz/AT)Anne Ducros (Montpellier/FR)
Messoud Ashina (Copenhagen/DK)Raquel Gil-Gouveia (Lisboa/PT)
Mark Braschinsky (Tartu/EE)Antoinette Maassen van den Brink (Rotterdam/NL)
Rami Burstein (Boston/US)Paolo Martelletti (Rome/IT)
Dawn Buse (New York/US)Uwe Reuter (Berlin/DE)
Min Kyung Chu (Seoul/KR)Simona Sacco (L’Aquila/IT)
Lars Edvinsson (Lund/SE)Margarita Sanchez del Rio (Madrid/ES)
Stefan Evers (Münster/DE)Alexandra Sinclair (Birmingham/UK)
Peter J. Goadsby (London/UK)Allan Purdy (Halifax/CN)
Anders Hougaard (Glostrup/Denmark)Henrik Schytz (Glostrup/DK)
Arne May (Hamburg/DE)Shuu-Jiun Wang (Taipei/TW)
Mario Peres (São Paulo/BR)Hans-Christoph Diener (Essen/DE)
Frank Porreca (Tucson/US)Morris Levin (San Francisco/US)
Marja-Liisa Sumelahti (Tampere/FI) 
Cristina Tassorelli (Pavia/IT)